Democrat withdraws from 1st District congressional race after allegations she voted in two states

Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.

It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.

Democratic leaders — who raised the allegations, urged Rosen to step aside and notified prosecutors — said they would gather Central Committee members this month to identify a write-in candidate for the district, which includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Harford, Carroll, Cecil and Baltimore counties.

Republicans, meanwhile, said the allegations prove that voter fraud is real and called on Democrats to join the GOP in calling for reforms.

Rosen, 57, a Cockeysville businesswoman and Maryland voter, told The Baltimore Sun that she registered to vote in Florida several years ago in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.

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Atheists vs. the 9/11 Cross

The American Atheists organization has sued the National September 11 Memorial and Museum over the installation of the “9/11 cross” in the museum. The organization’s president, David Silverman, insists that it will not “allow this travesty to occur in our country.”

The 20-foot cross — two steel beams that had held together as the building collapsed — was discovered in the rubble of Ground Zero on September 13, 2001, by construction worker Frank Silecchia. The 9/11 cross became a venerated object, and many of those who were searching for survivors and clearing debris from the “pit” took solace from its existence. On October 4, 2001, it was moved to a pedestal on Church Street, where it was treated as a shrine by visitors to Ground Zero for the next five years. In October 2006 it was removed to storage, and in July 2011 it was returned to the site for installation in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

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September 11 and the global jihad rages on: Death toll climbs, the names of our fallen heroes

I cannot communicate with my cherished and beloved readers the wrenching difficulty of assembling these posts. I don’t mean going through scores of DoD press releases searching for the names of our fallen heroes. There are very few generous and noble souls who can honor these men and women in words. I cannot. I am not that skilled, though I wish I were. Such rare souls are endowed with great intelligence and greater sensitivity, because seeing and hearing the names is not enough. You have to be able to feel the anguish of the mother whose child has been taken from her, the wife who has lost her soul, her sky, and the children, oh the sorrow of the children. Unspeakable. It is hard for people to see the individual stories without seeing the person telling their story and see through that individual the suffering of others.

Huge courage is demanded of the brothers and sisters of the fallen — brothers in arms and in life — to forge on and not falter.

There are those who can understand and those who cannot. I have long abandoned those who cannot. I speak to those who can and pray that they take up the righteous and humane cause in which we fight.

This snail mail letter came from an soldier in our Navy, some 7,000 miles from the shores of our great nation:

I am writing to you a perfect stranger from 7000 miles off the shore of Norfolk VA in a little town called ——-.
I’m not a writer nor a political pundit or much of anything other than a —- for the Navy . It’s been so startling to see the United States of America transformed to something unrecognizable that often my head is in a fog.
Thank you for the great work you do. I will continue to read your blog. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming to see the death of freedom happen right before my eyes. I simply cannot believe this is happening.
Be well and God bless you.

September 6: Pfc. Shane W. Cantu, 20, of Corunna, Mich., died Aug. 28, in Charkh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was hit by shrapnel. Cantu was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

September 5: Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske, 21, of Dubois, Ind., died Sept. 3 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marine’s parent command was Inspector/Instructor Staff, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Fort Knox, Ky.

September 4: Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas, assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Torii Station, Japan; died in Batur Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

September 4: Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va., assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Fort Bragg, N.C. died Sept. 1, in Batur Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

September 3: Spc. Kyle R. Rookey, 23, of Oswego, N.Y., died Sept. 2, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Augest 28: Staff Sgt. Jessica M. Wing, 42, of Alexandria, Va., died Aug. 27, in Kuwait City, Kuwait in a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Bangor, Maine.

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9/11 JUMPERS

Banned by the U.S. media, this should be required viewing for every adult and child over 12.

It is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that morning. The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood. It took just 10 seconds to fall but it wasn’t fast enough for the victims to lose consciousness before they hit the ground.

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Obama Justice Department Ends Due Process

The Justice Department has granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the power to seize and administratively forfeit property under the guise of controlling substance abuse.

The ruling grants the ATF power to take property from people that have not been charged or convicted of a crime.

The Washington Times gives an example of forfeit and seizure abuse in the case of James Lieto a business owner that had $392,000 seized because he hired an armored car company that was under a federal investigation to transport money for his business.

James Lieto was never accused of any crime. He was simply a customer of the company but was forced to spend thousands recovering his money.

Does this mean customers of a gun seller or FFL dealer “suspected” of being involved in a substance abuse case can have their firearms confiscated by the ATF with no due process?

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Islamic Criminals: ‘Everyone Considers It Their Right to Kill’ Americans

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the face of militant Islam has spoken and its words are as chilling as ever. Following a recent hacking of the Taliban’s websites, the radical Islamic group began using social media to spread its propaganda. In a statement dated September 9, 2012, the Taliban addressed America as it mourned the loss of its countrymen. Using “TwitLonger,” a new social media service that allows tweets longer than the typical 140 characters allowed by Twitter, the militants mocked the U.S., claimed victory in Afghanistan and declared their country an “Islamic Emirate.”

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Biden marks 9/11: ‘No bulls—‘

A little retail politics from Vice President Joe Biden on this September 11 anniversary in Pennsylvania, via the pool report:

Vpotus made an unannounced stop at the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department to say hi to the firefighters and arrived just in time for the barbeque and a little earthy talk.

Jumping out of his limousine, Vpotus immediately encountered Deputy Chief Brad Shober, 44, of Shanksville, whom he had met the year before when hosting the department at the Vice President’s Residence in Washington and then again a few days later in Shanksville on last year’s 9/11 anniversary.

Vpotus was talking about having Shober and the other firefighters back to Washington and pointed to an aide. “He’s going to call you, no bullshit,” Vpotus said. Then noticing the pool, said, “I didn’t know you guys were here.” Turning back to Shober, he cleaned up the language. “This is no malarkey. You come to the White House. I’ll buy you a beer.”

EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS TEAR DOWN U.S. EMBASSY FLAG IN PROTEST AGAINST ANTI-MUHAMMAD FILM

Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists, have climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag. They then replaced it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Hundreds protested outside the embassy Tuesday against the film. Egyptian media say the movie was recently produced in the United States. The film, clips of which are available on the social website YouTube, show the prophet having sex and question his role as the messenger of God’s words.

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SlutWalk 2012: A Failure

In case you were fortunate enough to miss it, the second annual “SlutWalk” kicked off in San Francisco on Saturday as crowds of people marched through the streets demanding their right to… be sluts, apparently.

Anyhow, a Pajamas Media contributor, who goes by the name “Zombie,” was on the scene this weekend and provides us with a first-hand account of the slut-filled mayhem in San Francisco:

I covered the first SlutWalk in 2011, but I was hoping, what with the whole Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh controversy, the Todd Akin brouhaha, and many delegates at the Democratic convention wearing “Sluts Vote” pins, that this year’s SlutWalk would be bigger, bolder and better than ever.

Alas, it was not to be. To my (and surely the organizers’) great disappointment, SlutWalk San Francisco 2012 was smaller, calmer and less exciting than the previous year’s event. Perhaps that’s because the original impetus behind SlutWalk — a Toronto police constable telling women at a 2011 crime conference that they could decrease their odds of getting raped if they didn’t dress like sluts — is already receding into the past and no longer feels like a fresh outrage. Or perhaps it’s because anger over the term “slut” has since become mainstreamed, and it no longer feels particularly radical or avant garde to discuss the word anymore? Either way, SlutWalk 2012 was — dare I say it? — a modest affair.

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9/11: A Clinton Legacy

Former President Bill Clinton is campaigning on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, hitting the stump for President Barack Obama’s re-election effort in swing states, despite the fact that both campaigns are supposedly taking the day off. That is typical Obama–take the high ground while others do the dirty work. Meanwhile, the New York Times renews its attack on Obama’s predecessor for “negligence” in ignoring warnings about the attacks.

It seems only fair, then, to remind the American public that not only does Obama skip most of his daily intelligence briefings, but also that the Clinton administration bears some of the blame for allowing 9/11 to happen. The 9/11 commission identified several Clinton failures, including four missed chances to kill Osama bin Laden, and a failure to adopt “a more aggressive counterterrorism posture” after Al Qaeda’s initial attacks.

The Clinton administration sent a signal to Al Qaeda that terrorism would succeed in pushing the United States out of the Middle East when, in response to the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. pulled back its diplomatic presence in the region. Clinton answered with an ineffectual cruise missile attack on Afghanistan and Sudan; Al Qaeda followed up with its deadly attack on the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000.

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